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The Department of Computing Sciences offers a variety of challenging programs, all designed to establish a foundation of understanding in a broad spectrum of computing. A graduate of our department is prepared for a career in computing as well as the pursuit of further advanced study. Our programs are designed to develop the total person, one with intellectual curiosity, mature judgment, a thirst for life-long learning, and a commitment to the betterment of society.

Our faculty conduct research in an array of areas including: artificial intelligence, ransomware, big data analysis, wireless networks, virtual reality, nanocompilers, security and ethics, systems modeling and computational geometry.


The Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University seeks to provide outstanding education, to advance scholarship, and to engage in activities that benefit society as a whole, in accordance to the University mission. The Department aims to equip students with a solid foundation in computing theory, and to prepare them for lifelong independent learning and innovative thinking in a constantly changing discipline. Its faculty members strive to maintain professional currency, and to involve students and colleagues in their research investigations. These endeavors support the University mission to transmit, pursue, and discover knowledge in an atmosphere of collegiality in the university community. Supported by a liberal arts education, the Department seeks to develop the total person, sensitive to social and ethical concerns affected by the computing discipline, and committed to addressing the needs of a diverse and interconnected modern society.

Mission Goals

These goals serve to solidify our vision. We will

  1. Continue to offer an accredited BSCS program, which successfully prepares its graduates for careers in industry, graduate education, and life-long learning.
  2. Maintain rigor and high standards in the MS programs, seeking to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students.
  3. Advance our current programs, create new programs, and promote interactions with other departments and programs to reflect the changing and interdisciplinary  nature of computing.
  4. Introduce non-major students to the fundamental ideas of computer science and its social relevance.
  5. Maintain pedagogical excellence in teaching and advising.
  6. Remain current in our rapidly changing discipline.
  7. Pursue theoretical and applied research to enhance the knowledge of computing, and involve undergraduate and graduate students in our research effort.
  8. Support the Department, the College, the University, the profession, and the local community through leadership and participation in committees, conferences, and organizations.
  9. Pursue inter-disciplinary projects in research and teaching.
  10. Expand and diversify our faculty and enrollments.

ABET Accredited

Our undergraduate Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Annual Student Enrollment & Graduation Data BSCS

School Year Total BSCS Majors Number Graduated
 2010-11    83  22
 2011-12    83  13
 2012-13    83  22
 2013-14    91  18
 2014-15  120  28
 2015-16  139  20
 2016-17  172  34
 2017-18  178  51
 2018-19  188  38


Graduate Program

At the graduate level, we offer a Master's in Computer Science, a Master's in Software Engineering, and a fully online Certificate in Health Informatics.

We have approximately 100 graduate students currently enrolled.  

Many of our graduate students take classes part time while working full time at local industry. Others attend full time and may be supported with assistantships.

Graduate students are advised by the Graduate Program Director, with support from the department's graduate committee.

Contact Information

Dept of Computing Sciences
161 Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699

UG Program: 610-519-7307

Grad Program: 610-519-7310

Fax: 610-519-7889

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